Although we are heading towards the end of this month there is still some time to share what I am into this February. Exciting films, eye-opener books, great tunes of music, classy or modern theatre plays, new exhibitions… from where do you get your daily inspiration or entertainment? What are you into this month?
OK so what do you do when all of your favourite TV series are on there mid season break? You need to find some new stories to follow! My most recent addiction is The Newsroom, an American political drama. I love it … (A) because it is about TV journalism and I can relate to it even from a professional point of view (B) …because of the actors! First of all Jeff Daniels, who is so brilliant as Will McAvoy! His main character is intelligent, funny, has a sense of self-reflection and great sense of humour (sprinkled with loads of irony and sarcasm) and you even forget it that once he played in Dumb and Dumber. I was also happy to see Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) on the main cast (C) … because all the news stories, which we learn about in the show, are inspired by real events. But, as in real life, there are also some love strings hanging in the air.
The film I liked a lot
There are two in fact! Finally I got to watch About Time, which was just an amazing story, with beautiful music, a true message, and some great actors. On the drama side, Captain Phillips was a brilliant and terrific movie, which kept me on tenterhooks for its entire length! Looking forward to see how many awards it will receive out of its 6 nominations for the 86th Academy Award.
The film I would like to watch
Before the Oscar ceremony I like to see as many films of the nominated ones as possible. Some of the movies, which are still on my list, are 12 Years a Slave, Philomena or the Dallas Buyers Club.
It is the first time in my life that I am in a country where the Chinese New Year is celebarated. Plus there is even a month-long (during February) series of events, called the BrisAsia Festival, featuring a range of traditional and contemporary arts and cultural events across Brisbane.
What I am listening to … a lot
My favourite track of this month is definitely One Republic Counting Stars, which gives the perfect tune for a 30 or more seconds dance party.
From the bookshelf
Sometimes you do not need to search for a book, but a book finds you! You know when you are at a house as a guest and you get to browse the bookshelf without any purpose. This is how I found Go Ask Alice (1971), which is about the life of a troubled teenager. The novel is in the form of the diary of an anonymous girl who becomes addicted to drugs. Although at some points it is hard not to question whether it was written as a propaganda piece, as part of an anti-drug campaign, it is still quite an interesting read. Especially when I heard that the person, from whom I borrowed the book, said that she got it from her parents when she was 15 years old, and then bought a copy for her daughter when she turned 15. Not because either of them had problems with drugs, but because it was a way to learn about drugs from someone who was from their age group at the time.
So what are you into this month? J